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Since the Boston Red Sox have been playing like garbage yet again, let’s attempt to ignore that and alphabetically catch up with some old steadies and see what they’re doing nowadays….
Alfredo Aceves – Remember Alfredo Aceves? Yes, this Alfredo Aceves. It appears taking his talents back to the New York Yankees didn’t work out to well for him, as he’s pitched to the tune of a 6.52 ERA in 19.2 innings and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. His nutjob act works when he pitches as well as he did in 2011 for the Red Sox, but apparently not when he stinks up the joint.
Jacoby Ellsbury – Complain about how our outfield stinks and “the Sox cheaped out again on a big free agent” all you want, but Ellsbury’s numbers this year have been mediocre (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140603/jacoby-ellsbury-boston-red-sox-outfield/) , especially for that contract he got. He’s showing his usual blazing speed and solid contact ability, hitting .288 with 18 steals at the time of this writing, but he’s only hit 3 homers this year with a .407 slugging percentage. Something tells me the Yankees were hoping for a little bit more than that when they gave him $153 million over the next seven years.
Brandon Moss – This guy was in the Jason Bay/Manny Ramirez trade. Most of us dismissed him as an expendable AAAA outfielder, but he’s actually putting up some pretty good numbers in Oakland (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mossbr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.mlbtraderumors.com ), swatting 30 homers last year and on pace for even more this year. The Sox 8th round pick from 2002 has carved out a nice big league career for himself as a lefty-masher with big time power.
Nate Spears – You may not recall this perennial Terry Francona favorite as he never wowed us during his brief major league career (he batted .000 in eight at-bats in his Sox career, striking out four times). He caught on with the independent league Somerset Patriots and just signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies (https://twitter.com/mashmore98/status/475390379190001664). Here’s hoping Nate gets the call to Citizens Bank Park some time soon.
Thanks for reading up on some of our old favorites. Best of luck to all of them, except of course for Ellsbury.